A Southern Celtic
Christmas Concert

The sudden death five years ago of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) evoked an unprecedented outpouring of grief around the world. Generally acknowledged as the greatest poet of the age, Seamus (as he was known to everyone) was beloved as much for his down to earth humanity as for the wisdom, honesty and lyrical beauty of his work. A rare interview with Heaney is one of the many...

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Cover of the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks. The copyright is believed to belong to the label, Warner Bros., or the graphic artist(s).

The Sacred Text of
Rock ‘n’ Roll

The birth, re-birth, and enduring legacy of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. ℘℘℘ In 1968, Van Morrison was on the lam from the mob and hiding in Boston. Author Ryan Walsh takes Van’s frantic story of “another time, another place” and folds it into the radical zeitgeist of Boston Cambridge in Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. Walsh argues that Boston, usually associated with...

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Collins & Stills: Together Again

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, two American singer-songwriters celebrated the golden anniversary of their formative time together in the 1970s, when Stills penned “Judy Blue Eyes” and other songs about the couple’s two year relationship, with a series of sold out concerts across the U.S. Irish America’s Patricia Harty and her family caught up with Judy and Stephen in Santa Rosa,...

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Los Gatos Irish Celebrate

Showcasing the best in contemporary Irish arts and literature ℘℘℘ he Irish Arts & Writers’ Festival brought together Irish writers and audiences in the historic and intimate town of Los Gatos, CA (an hour south of San Francisco), on October 12-14, 2018. Additional events in 2018 are scheduled for Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. Christine Kinealy, who has a new book out...

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U.S. Pipe Band Win
All-Ireland Title

The St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band from the Scots-Irish stronghold of Kearny, New Jersey made history when they became the first band outside of Ireland or the U.K. to win an All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship. In early July, the band competed in New Ross, County Wexford, against the best of the best in the 73rd annual All- Ireland Pipe Band Championship, and won out in multiple...

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